This Museum Exhibit project is inspired by the book "Thunder Rolling in the Mountains" by Scott O'Dell (his very last book!). For this project, students choose a Native American tribe or early an American Explorer and create a Classroom Museum Exhibit complete with artifacts, a written essay, and a demonstration!
This end of year project was created for 4th grade students and heavily incorporates the "Pennsylvania Past and Present" Social Studies topic, study skill habits, and is extremely cross-curricular (the various project components can be done at home, in your classroom, or spread out among the Math, Art, Social Studies, Language Arts, Writing, and Technology teachers). The Museum Exhibit is intended to be done on a tri-fold board (with header), but can be easily modified for your unique classroom (PowerPoint, iMovie video, etc...). The end result is that the students own their research by acting as tour guides while they present their museum exhibit to other classrooms and even parents!
After 3 years of editing and revising, all instructions are organized in a colorful format and full of step-by-step checkboxes for each component of the project! There are 5 parts to this project, broken down in 5 word documents:
I : Research & 5 Paragraph Essay*
II: Time Line & Map
III: Artifact Replicas for Display in Museum Exhibit
*(includes a sample 5 paragraph essay about Colonial Pennsylvania--good to use when studying the 5 paragraph format)
**(includes 2 different types of scoring guides, depending on your student needs or classroom needs)
I've also included my parent letter--and for those parents who never have time to READ anything, I even created a 'pictorial' set of directions of what each step of the project should look like in case there is any confusion at home about the project instructions.
I've also included a student pacing guide. For students who need help with their study skill habits, this project pacer allows students to write down what they plan to do each day in school and each night at home. It's a great tool to use when conferencing with students about their progress throughout the different parts of the project.
I've also included a teacher picture-organization guide. It's a six page Word Document that visually outlines how I organize all the paperwork in this project!
Also included is a bulletin board blurb of the project and example of how to display the Classroom Museum Exhibit for those who cannot attend, as well as a few images of how I've displayed this "Museum Exhibit" on a bulletin board.
Please send me any feedback and suggestion you may have. I hope you enjoy this project--I know my students always do!
Check out my Vocabulary unit product for this book: